Guide to NYC: Manhattan
Here we have what can only be described as a very overdue guide to New York!
Yes, I visited the city back at Easter time but what's that they say about things being better late than never?
So without further adieu, here are some of the places I visited on my last trip to the city that never sleeps. I'll be doing a guide to Brooklyn as well but I decided to split things up (as this post was getting way too picture heavy as it is!) and besides, Brooklyn has more than enough to offer in its own right - you might even fancy staying there, like I did (see the hotel that I stayed at in this post here).
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are probably some hot new places that have opened since my visit but these were all worth my attention on my last trip and I'm sure you will love them too.
And obviously, I'll just have to re-visit New York in 2018. For research purposes, of course...
CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Tacombi - They have joints dotted all round the city but I always seem to go to the NoLiTa branch. Go for the watermelon juice, the fish tacos and the vibrant interiors and you'll leave happy as Larry. Various locations.
Once Upon A Tart - A very cute bakery in SoHo - grab a pastry to go and continue your roaming around the area on foot. You'll discover so much in a short space of time, you'll need the pastry fuel to keep you going. 135 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Cafe Clover - A gorgeous buzzing restaurant in the West Village. Save room for dessert and book your table ahead. In the summer, grab a table on the terrace and people watch till your heart's content. 10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014
Buvette - Get here early for breakfast to snap up a seat (the best are by the counter). Fresh OJ, waffles and scrambled egg are a must. These guys also have a cafe in Pigalle, Paris which I'd recommend too! Once you've finished up at Buvette, take a walk around the corner and find yourself in front of the Friends apartment! 42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
Sweet Moment - Tucked away in Chinatown, is this little cafe which is an instagrammer's dream for their 'creamart' creations. Just have a look at their instagram to see what I mean! 106 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
The Butcher's Daughter - A vegan cafe that's always busy. Of course, it offers a side of pretty interiors too so you can snap away whilst you're being virtuous. 19 Kenmare Street, NY 10012
The Whitby - The latest opening from the Firmdale group, The Whitby is located just off Fifth Avenue and as expected, impeccably designed like the rest of its properties. We stopped by for brunch in The Orangery - offering the perfect respite from all that Fifth Avenue shopping. 18 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Freeman's - Down a little alley you'll find this secret gem. A gorgeous Colonial tavern which serves up tastily good grub. Make sure you book a table and have an explore in all the nooks and crannies. Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002
Morgenstern's - For the finest ice cream in the city! 2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Sel Rrose - The dusty rose doors is a pretty good indicator of how beautiful this bar is inside. Worth a cocktail or three. 1 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
While We Were Young - The prettiest bar possibly ever and the cocktails are rather good too! Even if you're not into Instagram, you're going to want to take a picture of WWWY's interiors. 183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
The Garret - A secret bar upstairs from a Five Guys in West Village. 296 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
PLACES TO GO / see /do
WTC Oculus - A beautiful piece of architecture which you really must see for yourself. I wouldn't hang around long after taking the obligatory snaps though - sadly, the space is occupied by a Westfield shopping centre!
Central Park - Obviously! Wonderful all times of year - over-pouring with people on the grass in summer and picturesque in the bleak mid-winter. Hard not to imagine you're not on a film set walking through the most iconic park in the world.
Chelsea Market - A place for foodies to eat their way around. Packed full of restaurants, food stalls and shops, it's a bustling hub all day long. They also have a great Anthropologie store at the entrance and Google head offices are just opposite, which is pretty cool. 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16 Streets), New York, NY 10011
The High Line - Once you've stuffed yourself silly at the market, head on up to the High Line - an elevated linear park filled with plenty of greenery and views over the city.
The Met - For a spot of culture, head to The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art to give its official title) to see their latest exhibitions and permanent collection of art. 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Tictail Market - A cool indie shop in the Lower East Side which focuses on fashion, art and home decor. Also, their umbrella display is worth a visit alone - one for instagram after all. 90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center - For the best view over New York, this is the only place you need to go. Don't even bother with the Empire State Building because when you're standing on the most iconic building in the city, you're not going to get it in the photo and your landscape is just going to look any other city in the world. Buy your tickets and book your slot online so you avoid any queues.
Grand Central Terminal - Essentially a very glorified train station but a very beautiful one at that. I absolutely love the celestial ceiling too. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to peruse here too, or you could just, y'know, pretend you're in gossip girl and look out for Serena...